Scottish League Cup - Group C
Dundee Utd6Cowdenbeath1

Dundee United 6-1 Cowdenbeath

Simon Murray (left)
Simon Murray (left) scored a hat-trick

Dundee United emphatically took apart Cowdenbeath at Tannadice in their second Scottish League Cup group game.

Simon Murray, Lewis Toshney and Cammy Smith all scored quick-fire goals in boss Ray McKinnon's first home match.

Chris Turner responded with a fine strike for Cowdenbeath, but Murray added two more either side of half-time and Henri Anier added a sixth before the end.

Elsewhere in Group C, Dunfermline beat Arbroath 3-0 to go second.

The victory for United was the first in 90 minutes under new manager Mckinnon after his return to the Tannadice hotseat in May.

McKinnon handed starts to six of the club's new signings, but it was one of the retained players from last season who handed the home side the perfect start.

Tope Obadeyi, who made the move from Kilmarnock in the summer, showed great pace down the left-hand side and his cross into the box was hammered home by Murray.

Before 10 minutes were on the clock United had doubled their lead.

Scott Fraser floated in a free-kick to the back post and Toshney ghosted in to volley home from the edge of the six-yard box.

United were passing the ball with slick precision while Cowdenbeath were struggling to cope with the pace from the Championship side.

And the Fifers' task became huge as United notched their third of the evening.

Fraser clipped the ball through to Smith, who slid the ball underneath the body of David McGurn.

Lewis Toshney (right) scores
Lewis Toshney (right) slides in to finish Scott Fraser's cross

Midway through the half Cowdenbeath reduced the deficit with the consolation, but it was the goal of the game.

Turner was allowed space to twist and turn 30 yards out before thundering a shot that was still rising as it passed goalkeeper Cammy Bell into the United net.

United though restored their three-goal advantage when Obadeyi again provided Murray with a simple task to knock home number four.

The home side continued to dominate in the second half and Murray thought he had grabbed his third of the evening after 70 minutes when he bundled the ball home from close range, only for referee Crawford Allan to blow for an infringement.

The former Arbroath player had only to wait two minutes though to complete his hat-trick when he clipped the ball home from inside the six-yard box after the Cowden defence failed to clear.

United boss Mckinnon gave new Dutch striker Nick van der Velden 20 minutes to show the Tannadice faithful a sign of what they could look forward to this season.

The home side came close to a sixth of the evening when a Cammy Smith shot was dropped by Cowdenbeath keeper David Mcgurn who managed to recover before the ball crossed the line.

And number six arrived when Henri Anier strode away from the visitors defence to fire home for a comprehensive victory for United over the league two club.

Dunfermline went above the inactive Inverness CT in Group C in the evening's other game.

Michael Moffat got on the end of Gavin Reilly's cross just before half-time.

Moffat then turned provider for Andy Geggan to slide in the second, before he swept in the third from Ryan Williamson's cross.

Simon Murray (left)
Simon Murray (left) celebrates after netting a hat-trick

Dundee United striker Simon Murray told BBC Scotland: "It was good to get the hat-trick. The main thing was the performance, we knew it would be a hard game. We just had to come out with the right attitude and apply ourselves.

"The manager said 'look, we've got to go right from the start', against Arbroath (on Friday) maybe it was a bit slow at times. We had a few chances but we just never put them away. But tonight we scored two quick goals.

"We've got lots of different options. Cammy Smith's very creative, obviously Tope (Obadeyi) getting down the line and balls in the box. We've got chances coming from all directions at the moment.

"Last season I only started nine games. I'm just hoping I can continue the form from the end of the season and continue the goals."

Line-ups

Dundee Utd

  • 1Bell
  • 6Toshney
  • 2Dillon
  • 4Durnan
  • 3Dixon
  • 8Murdoch
  • 16Flood
  • 15Smith
  • 10FraserSubstituted forvan der Veldenat 62'minutes
  • 11ObadeyiSubstituted forSpittalat 62'minutes
  • 9MurraySubstituted forAnierat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Donaldson
  • 7Spittal
  • 12Telfer
  • 20Anier
  • 21Zwick
  • 23van der Velden
  • 32Souttar

Cowdenbeath

  • 1McGurn
  • 2Brett
  • 12Ross
  • 21McLauchlanSubstituted forO'Brienat 45'minutes
  • 16RutherfordBooked at 77mins
  • 7Moore
  • 4Mullen
  • 5Sives
  • 11TurnerSubstituted forRobertsonat 75'minutes
  • 14RentonSubstituted forJohnstonat 71'minutes
  • 6Miller

Substitutes

  • 8O'Brien
  • 15Robertson
  • 17Sneddon
  • 18Johnston
  • 19Swann
  • 23Leslie
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
3,360

Match Stats

Home TeamDundee UtdAway TeamCowdenbeath
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away2
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee United 6, Cowdenbeath 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee United 6, Cowdenbeath 1.

Foul by Lewis Toshney (Dundee United).

Shaun Rutherford (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 6, Cowdenbeath 1. Henri Anier (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Cameron Smith.

Attempt saved. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Henri Anier (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Johnston (Cowdenbeath).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Greg Ross.

Booking

Shaun Rutherford (Cowdenbeath) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Dixon (Dundee United).

Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Willo Flood (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Robertson (Cowdenbeath).

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. David Robertson replaces Chris Turner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Henri Anier replaces Simon Murray.

Hand ball by Stewart Murdoch (Dundee United).

Goal!

Goal! Dundee United 5, Cowdenbeath 1. Simon Murray (Dundee United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Craig Johnston replaces Kris Renton.

David McGurn (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nick van der Velden (Dundee United).

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Attempt missed. Cameron Smith (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Blair Spittal replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Nick van der Velden replaces Scott Fraser.

Cameron Smith (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Miller (Cowdenbeath).

Foul by Scott Fraser (Dundee United).

Chris Turner (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Fraser (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Fraser Mullen (Cowdenbeath) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Cowdenbeath. Conceded by Mark Durnan.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dundee United 4, Cowdenbeath 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Cowdenbeath. Burton O'Brien replaces Gerry McLauchlan.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dundee United 4, Cowdenbeath 1.

Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Dundee United).

Shaun Rutherford (Cowdenbeath) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 19th July 2016

  • Dundee UtdDundee United6CowdenbeathCowdenbeath1
  • St MirrenSt Mirren1AyrAyr United0
  • AlloaAlloa Athletic4Cove RangersCove Rangers0
  • StenhousemuirStenhousemuir0Queen's ParkQueen's Park2
  • DumbartonDumbarton0East FifeEast Fife2
  • BrechinBrechin City2StirlingStirling Albion1
  • FalkirkFalkirk3ElginElgin City0
  • DunfermlineDunfermline3ArbroathArbroath0
  • Raith RoversRaith Rovers2MontroseMontrose1
  • Queen of SthQueen of the South2AirdrieoniansAirdrieonians0
  • RangersRangers2Annan AthleticAnnan Athletic0
  • StranraerStranraer3East StirlingshireEast Stirlingshire1

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1East Fife21103125
2Peterhead11002023
3Forfar201124-22
4Dundee10101101
5Dumbarton201124-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Falkirk21013123
2St Johnstone11003123
3Brechin11002113
4Stirling21012203
5Elgin200216-50

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd21107255
2Dunfermline11003033
3Inverness CT11002113
4Arbroath201114-31
5Cowdenbeath200228-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Raith Rovers22004226
2Alloa11004043
3Ross County11001013
4Montrose200213-20
5Cove Rangers200216-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Queen of Sth22004046
2Partick Thistle11001013
3Queen's Park21012203
4Stenhousemuir100102-20
5Airdrieonians200203-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rangers22004046
2Stranraer22005236
3East Stirlingshire100113-20
4Motherwell100102-20
5Annan Athletic200214-30

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren22004226
2Ayr21012203
3Edinburgh City00000000
4Livingston100123-10
5Hamilton100112-10

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morton21101015
2Kilmarnock11002113
3Albion20200003
4Berwick10100001
5Clyde200213-20
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